A Vigil Service was recited in Our Lady of Fatima Church on Monday 10th March 2014 followed by his requiem the next morning.
Fr Chris was involved with Our Lady of Fatima from the early nineteen sixties, when Fr Leo Connor had to cope with a fast growing parish and lost both assistants to the newly formed parishes of Titahi Bay and Porirua. Fr Chris said Mass on Sundays, sang and preached and soon took over the leadership of the Choir. When no longer needed for “supply” (Sunday Mass) he continued with the Choir for many more years.
Fr Chris was the third Principal of Bishop Viard Colleges, inititally together with Mother Oliver, Principal of Viard Girls, and from 1975 as Principal of the “one” college. Fr Chris retired from Viard in 1991, assisted Fr Donoghue in Waikanae for a while, then after the death of Fr Paul Ekelschot, joined Frs John and Luke in Holy Family, Porirua. He was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima from 1993 to 2007.
You can view photos from the vigil and requiem here.
The webcast of his requiem can be found here.